January 27, 2022

The House concurred in Senate amendments to S. 865, legislation to adopt the 2020 US Census results and establish the election district boundaries for each member of the United States House of Representatives from South Carolina. Since this legislation has received three readings in both the House and the Senate, it has been ordered that its title be changed to that of an Act, and that it be enrolled for ratification.

The House did not concur in Senate amendments to H. 3255, a bill revising qualifications and other provisions governing the licensure and regulation of real estate appraisers to bring these state provisions into alignment with federal standards.

The House approved and sent to the Senate H. 3464, the “Seizure Safe Schools Act.” The bill requires the establishment of seizure action plans in public schools and provides requirements for such plans and their implementation. ‘Seizure action plan’ means a written, individualized health plan between a school and the parent of a student who is diagnosed with a seizure disorder. The parent or legal guardian of a student may petition a school the student attends for the development of a seizure action plan for the student. A school will keep each seizure action plan on file in the office of a school administrator or school nurse (if any) employed by the school and make the plan available to school personnel, and with the permission of the parent or legal guardian of the student, a volunteer responsible for the supervision of the student. The parent or guardian and the school shall develop the seizure action plan consistent with policies and procedures developed by the governing body of the school. The plan shall include all the particulars such as a statement from the health care provider, the type, dosage, storage and administration of the medicine, including a written statement from the parent indicating whether school personnel or volunteers are permitted to administer the seizure medication to the student in the applicable school year. School nurses have primary responsibility for administering appropriation medication.  At least one other school employee must have training in administering medication if the nurse is unavailable. There are two types of training required: one for school personnel authorized to administer medication and one-hour training for all school employees that focuses on recognizing the signs of seizure and appropriation actions to take.

The House amended and gave second reading to S. 203 relating to the removal of school district trustees and filling vacancies. School district trustees who wilfully commit or engage in an act of malfeasance, misfeasance, chronic unexcused absenteeism, conflicts of interest, criminal misconduct in office, or persistent neglect of duty in office, or are adjudicated medically incompetent or medically incapacitated, are subject to removal by the Governor upon any of the foregoing causes being made to appear to the satisfaction of the Governor. Before removing any such officer, the Governor shall inform him in writing of the specific charges brought against him and give him an opportunity on reasonable notice to be heard.